Never Know What the Morrow Brings

Late in the evening on September 26th of 2016, I completed a 2,189 mile Northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Upon my return home, many friends and family would all seem to ask the same question: “How was it?” This 142 day journey full of unique and amazing experiences proved extremely hard to describe in just a short conversation.

How could I convey the nervous feelings of starting off on Springer Mountain in Georgia, the triumph of summiting Mount Katahdin in Maine, the misery of setting up a tent in the rain, the pleasure of meeting new friends, the loneliness and solitude at night, the joy of eating and taking a hot shower in town, the fatigue and hunger after 25 mile days…

Reed finished on September 5th, 2014
Ending my journey on September 26th, 2016

After a few weeks of being home, I realized the best way for me to describe this journey was through song. I went immediately to work by putting music to the many lyrics I came up with while walking all day.

With six songs finished, I presented them to an old friend and expert Mandolin/Banjo player named Reed Ensminger. Reed thru-hiked the AT in 2014 and served as the inspiration for me to thru-hike it as well.

Together, we recorded the new songs at Reed’s house in Knoxville, TN starting in January and wrapped up the recording sessions in March of 2017.

The next question was figuring out what to name the album…

The adventure of never knowing what you would see next or who you’d meet was definitely one of my favorite aspects of trail life. With this idea in mind, we came up with the album title Never Know What the Morrow Brings

From left to right: Harrison Davies, Sara Kate Murphy, Reed Ensminger on the AT at Max Patch, North Carolina

The six song album will be released on iTunes and Spotify on April 21st, 2017 under the artist name of Dead King Cotton, the band I was in before leaving last year to thru-hike. The album also features Sara Kate Murphy on lead and harmony vocals, Fred Harwell on percussion, and Tony Tortorra on bass.

I hope this album will give those who listen a small understanding of the thru-hikin’ experience and what a great journey the Appalachian Trail can be.


Harrison “Cowboy” Davies